Acrostic Solution for Sunday, May 18, 2014

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


DAVID CRYSTAL, LANGUAGE PLAY — [N]othing... can liven up a lecture on encyclopedia construction more than... typos... . ...[T]he world was nearly informed about the "Index of Prohibited Boos"... and the new olfactory means of linking Britain and France, the "Chanel Tunnel."

Clues and answers

A.Figure out, as a secret messageDECRYPT
B."The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" author (2 wds.)ANNEBRONTE
C.Antarctica's Mount Erebus, for oneVOLCANO
D.Accessory for a scrivenerINKHORN
E.Current in a thunderstormDOWNDRAFT
F.Wordsworth's favorite flowerCELANDINE
G.Photoshop, clean up, add a little color toRETOUCH
H.Like the Arabic spoken in SanaYEMENI
I.Arrowroot or tapioca, basicallySTARCH
J.Wee bit, tiny taste, smidgenTHIMBLEFUL
K.Gaston's partner in early comicsALPHONSE
L.Chest of drawers on short legs; flatbed trailerLOWBOY
M.Piece of propaganda, perhapsLEAFLET
N.Harvestman, scorpion or miteARACHNID
O.Player of Marie Antoinette in 1952's "Scaramouche" (2 wds.)NINAFOCH
P.Fezzik in "The Princess Bride," for exampleGIANT
Q.Exceptional, not customaryUNWONTED
R.Things Northrop Grumman manufacturesAIRCRAFT
S.Amaretto-and-vodka cocktailGODMOTHER
T.Symbol of power?EXPONENT
U.Constellation where the ecliptic crosses the celestial equatorPISCES
V.Eavesdrop (2 wds.)LISTENIN
W.Shakespeare's Venetian merchantANTONIO
X.Google acquisition of 2006YOUTUBE
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